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Music and the Emotion Sack

I won't keep you folks very long tonight. I just wanted to write something quick.


As is the case with most people, I love music. I like all kinds of music. I was talking about Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West on Twitter just a while ago. But then a song came on that changed my mood a bit, and it's one of those songs that triggers an emotional response. It's the second time today that I've heard this particular song.


I've been drinking vodka, so bare with me.


On the way to work this morning, I heard this song--"All I Want" by Kodaline. It's a great song by itself, but the video is absolutely gorgeous.


I would like for you to do your best to just listen to that song, though. The first little bit of the song moves along as the band builds toward the musical climax. The first three minutes of the song really just plod along at a nice, pretty pace. Then, just after the three-minute mark, there is this short chord played by an electric instrument. To me, that is the moment when the emotion starts to build. I have a physically recognizable emotional response to that moment.


Here, I have another example.


This is a song by Virginia-born, Atlanta-raised artist, Rebecca Loebe. I won't tell you the story behind the song, but I'd like for you to listen to it once now.


Okay. Now, listen to just the chorus of the song--the first one kicks up right around forty seconds in.


That moment in the song is when I have that same physically detectable emotional reaction to the song. What I mean by that, in both cases, is my heart rate changes, my body tingles, my eyes water. I smile.


So these are two songs that trigger this kind of reaction in me. I wonder if you have similar reactions to music. What do you think it is? Is is a particular chord? Is it a note? Or am I just a vodka-drunk loser listening to sad-bastard music and trying to rationalize my thoughts?


Drop your thoughts in the comments.

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